Making Time


1 A Dad tiredA man came home from work late again, tired and irritated, to find his 5 year old son waiting for him at the door.

“Daddy, may I ask you a question ?”

“Yeah, sure, what is it ?” replied the man.

“Daddy, how much money do you make an hour?”

“‘That’s none of your business!  What makes you ask such a thing?” the man said angrily.

“I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?” pleaded the little boy.

“If you must know, I make $20.00 an hour.”

“Oh,” the little boy replied, head bowed.

Looking up, he said, “Daddy, may I borrow $9.00 please?”

The father was furious. “If the only reason you wanted to know how much money I make is just so you can borrow some to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you’re being so selfish. I work long, hard hours everyday and don’t have time for such childish games.”

The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door.  The man sat down and started to get even madder about the little boy’s questioning. How dare he ask such questions only to get  some money.

After an hour or so, the man had calmed down, and started to think he may have been a little hard on his son.  May be there was something he really needed to buy with that $9.00 and he really didn’t ask for money very often.

The man went to the door of the little boy’s room and opened the door.

“Are you asleep son?” he asked.

“No daddy, I’m awake,”  replied the boy.

“I’ve been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier,” said the man. “It’s been long day and I took my aggravation out on you.   Here’s that $9.00 you asked for.”

The little boy sat straight up,  beaming. “Oh, thank you daddy!” he yelled.

Then, reaching under his  pillow, he pulled out some more crumpled up bills. The man, seeing that the boy already had money, started to get angry again.

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The little boy slowly counted out his money, then looked up at the man.

“Daddy, I have $20.00 now. Can I buy an hour of your time?”

Share this story with someone you like………….

…………..but even better, share $20.00 worth of time with someone you love.

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Featured Recipe        Buttery Apples ‘n Cabbage




YUK you say. I don’t like cabbage!!! I can hear the moans and groans.

I swear on a stack of Bibles that you will like this cabbage dish. It is SOOOOOOO delicious, sweet/tart, and heavenly.

No where else will you get so much taste for so little cost – $0.85 per person.

With both cabbage and apples, this is really a fall recipe. I was going to make it last fall for you but for some reason I cannot remember I never got around to it.

However, I got an urge for it the other night, and I always give into my food urges. And with apples and cabbage available year round now why not?

I love cabbage and butter with just some salt and pepper. YUM! So delicious.  This recipe just adds a few other ingredients to that basic dish.

This side dish is great with any pork recipe. Today I made it with my favorite fast pork chop – I just dredge the chops with some flour seasoned with salt and pepper and then I add some oregano on top. Then I just fry her up in a bit of oil.

Another perfect quick, easy, and delicious dinner.

This recipe is a Land-O-Lakes Butter recipe and can be doubled.

This is what you will need for 3 people:

1 cup water

1 small cabbage or 2 cups cubed

2 tablespoons butter *

1 medium red tart apple unpeeled and cubed

⅛teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon parsley chopped

Salt to taste

* I have been known to double the butter in this recipe. Please don’t turn me into the Food Police.


Here is what you do:

Remove outer leaves and cube the cabbage.  Chop the parsley too.



Bring the water to a full boil and add the cabbage. Cover and cook for medium heat until the cabbage is crispy tender – about 5 minutes.


While the cabbage is cooking cube the apple.


Drain the cabbage……….


………and  place it back into the pot. Then add all of the other ingredients to the pot except the apples and parsley.


Cover and cook over medium heat stirring occasionally until butter is completely melted, about a minute or two.

Add the cubed apples, cover and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the apples are crisp tender, 3-4 minutes.


NOTE: The trick here is not to over cook this dish. You want both the cabbage and the apples to be warmed throughout, but not over cooked. You want both the cabbage and apples to be crisp.  Follow the minutes to be cooked at all stages to the numbers given.

Done and in a bowl.


Sprinkle with the chopped parsley and serve with some pork.


Serve with some pork.


Bon appétit!!!

1 cup water                            $0.00

1 small cabbage                      $1.22

2 tbspn butter                         $0.16

1 medium tart apple                $0.89

⅛teaspoon nutmeg                 $0.21

1 teaspoon parsley                  $0.07

Salt to taste

Total cost = $2.55
Cost per person = $0.85

Quote of the Day

The 10 Commandments contain 297 words. The Bill of Rights is stated in 463 words. Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address contains 266 words. A recent federal directive to regulate the price of cabbage contains 26,911 words.



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5 comments to Making Time

  • Oh wow! What a perfect story! And great recipe– tho I already love cabbage.

    • Roberta

      Glad you liked……out of the mouth of babes. You sure you have no Hungarian in you? You like too much cabbage. 🙂

  • That story is heartbreaking but way too common, I’m afraid.

    I’ve never been a big cooked cabbage eater but if you say it’s good, I believe you and I’ll give it a try.

  • Lovely story, reminds me of my sons telling me (as 20+ year-old-adults) that they appreciated having a good life as children and teenagers because I earned an above average income. BUT one of the things that had really hurt them was that because of business trips, meetings and work, I missed many of their school sports days, plays, and other events.

    They felt deprived because the children with “less successful” parents generally had the support of both parents at these events while mine were usually only accompanied by their mother.

    Makes you think.

    • Roberta

      True. However, we all make the best decisions we can at the time. Over time and as we age I think we (our children) learn and come to accept that our parents did they best they could.